Festival Images Vevey awards its 4th Nestlé Prize to Laurence Aëgerter (France, 1972)

The Festival Images Nestlé Prize: at the crossroads of economics, arts and entertainment

The Nestlé Prize supports artistic creation by summoning together the entertainment appeal of a festival, the economic rationale of a multinational corporation and the artistic endeavours of a photographer. Artists who receive the grant have one year to realise a project that promotes the convergence of interests of these three facets, with the aim of generating exchanges between them.

Photographers who have previously submitted their portfolios for the Vevey International Photo Awards are all automatically considered for the Nestlé Prize, which is awarded every two years. In 2015/2016, the competition numbered over 600 entries from 60 different countries.

The 2015/2016 Nestlé Grant has been awarded to Laurence Aëgerter for her work Photographic Treatment. The French artist now has one year to realise a project that will make its international premiere at the next Festival Images Vevey, from 10 September to 2 October 2016.

Photographic Treatment by Laurence Aëgerter

With Photographic Treatment, Amsterdam-based French photographer Laurence Aëgerter explores the effects of images on people suffering from senile dementia, and particularly Alzheimer’s. The aim is to create a database of photographs that may have some therapeutic effect – not to the point of curing but rather with the hope of improving wellbeing. Conducted in collaboration with neurologists and gerontologists, Aëgerter’s research is based on current scientific knowledge, which tends to demonstrate that images can stimulate spatial and temporal orientation and improve cognitive impairment.

Laurence Aëgerter (Marseilles, 1972) is a multidisciplinary artist, whose approach includes photography, installations and books. Her works have been added to collections at such venues as the Paul Getty Centre in Los Angeles, MoMA in New York, the Bibliothèque Nationale de Paris, MAMAC Nice, the Fries Museum Leeuwarden and the Caldic collection Rotterdam.

Since 2008, the Nestlé Prize has been awarded to the following projects, all of which made their international premiere at Festival Images:

2013/2014: DUCK by Olivier Cablat (France), presented in 2015 at Les Rencontres Photographiques d’Arles
2011/2012: Contemplatio – The Act of Nothing and Recording by Christian Riis Ruggaber (Switzerland)
2009/2010: Living Images by Lucie et Simon (France / Germany)
2007/2008: Centre de recherche Nestlé by Martin Kollar (Slovakia)

Support for creative arts: a major commitment for Festival Images

Festival Images has focused its activities on assisting artists and supporting the creative arts through various means: the distribution of over CHF 70,000 in grants every odd-numbered year at the Vevey International Photography Award; the commissioning of exclusive works for Festival Images every even-numbered year; year-long exhibitions at Espace Quai 1 and assisting artists in publishing and distributing their works throughout the year and through the above-mentioned Nestlé Prize.